How to make wedding program fans. When I first heard about this type of program I have to admit I thought it sounded a bit of a faff, but at the time I had visions of those folded fans that used to make as a child!
However program fans work really well when your wedding is in a hot climate, last summer I was at a wedding where the bride had chosen this program and they looked lovely.
However only the women used them, the men passed them to their partners or just placed them on the side. So the lesson from that is - do you need to make one for everyone? Think about whether the men will appreciate this type of fan, you may be better off having a fan for the women and a plain card - same design for the men but less work!
Program fans can be either strips of card held together with a ribbon or the card with what looks like a large ice lolly stick as the handle.
To make this style of wedding program fans, you will need colored card, a hole punch and ribbon.
Design the program on the
computer, if you want the fan to have alternate colors then have a color
sheet for the first piece and for each section.
More details of this Fan Program Kit
A good way to organize this is to have different details on each section. Names and date on the first, followed by readings by, songs, and names of the wedding party, plus any other details you want your guests to have.
When you have printed the card, cut each section out and hole punch at the bottom, collate all the pieces for a fan and then tie with ribbon. As you will need to have fairly hard card you may want to take these to a printer to print rather than breaking your own printer!
Photo by Barbostick
The more simple and easier design is the card with a stick attached as the handle, you may want to curve the edges of the card to make it look more decorative, print the details, the same as the previous fan design and then glue to the sticks. I would use ribbon to decorate the stick otherwise it looks too plain. If you choose this design you have more room for the wedding program details and could even include a photograph of the two of you.
I have always found ebay a good source for craft bits and also inspiration, the best part is you see things you wouldn't normally see in your local shop.
Here are their latest wedding fan items for you to look at;